H. R. 3871
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 22, 2019
Mr. Foster introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services
To amend the Financial Stability Act of 2010 to preserve the independent funding of the Office of Financial Research.
This Act may be cited as the
Protecting the Independent Funding of the Office of Financial Research Act.
Preserving independent funding
The Financial Stability Act of 2010 (12 U.S.C. 5311 et seq.) is amended—
in section 152—
by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:
The Director shall have sole discretion to establish the annual budget of the Office.
Minimum Funding Level of the Budget
The annual budget of the Office in any given fiscal year shall not be less than a dollar amount equal to the budget of the Office in fiscal year 2017.
Adjustment of Minimum Funding Level
The dollar amount referred to in paragraph (2) shall be adjusted annually by the Director, using the percent increase, if any, in the employment cost index for total compensation for State and local government workers published by the Federal Government, or the successor index thereto, for the 12-month period ending September 30 of the year preceding the annual budget.
in subsection (d), by striking
, in consultation with the Chairperson, each place such term appears;
in subsection (h), by striking
, in consultation with the Chairperson,; and
in subsection (i), by striking
, in consultation with the Chairperson,;
in section 155—
in subsection (d), by inserting before the period the following:
, as determined in the sole discretion of the Director; and
by adding at the end the following:
Notwithstanding any other provision of this subtitle, the funding pursuant to subsection (d) shall not be subject to review by the Committees on Appropriations of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Preservation of the Office of Financial Research’s independence
Nothing in this section shall authorize the Secretary to influence the budget or the number or compensation of employees of the Office.